Revealing the new 2017 Test Jersey for the Samurai Barracudas Team

Samurai Sportswear is delighted to reveal the new OMG ICONIX™ test jerseys for the Samurai Barracudas team, to be debuted at the iPro Sport Super Sevens Series on 7th May.

The home shirt features a bold geographic design with contrasting black and fluro-yellow, providing a warrior-like on-pitch statement.

The away shirt uses bright greens and ambers, to bring a summer feel and to highlight that the season of sevens has begun.

The Samurai Barracudas Invitation 7s team was founded in 2007, initially developed as a feeder team for the Samurai International side. The team consisted of aspiring young players with potential and ambition, players returning from injury or after a drop in form. Athletes would play for the Barracuda’s with confidence, knowing they had the full backing of the Samurai management.

The Barracudas provides players with a genuine opportunity to showcase their talents and progress their 7s careers and because of this, the team has gone from strength to strength.
The Barracudas competed in the 2011 Super Sevens Series, snatching the Series from the British Army at the final leg in Newquay. In the same year Barracudas were victorious at the Bury Premier 7s, Cwmtawe 7s and the Manchester 7s. In 2012 the Barracudas retained their title at the Manchester 7s but were pipped at the post in the Super Sevens series, finishing as runners up by the narrowest of margins to the Templars 7. Since their loss in 2012, Samurai Barracudas have gone on to win the UK Series for 4 consecutive years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. These victories give the team great confidence and they hope to see even more success this year.

Samurai Sportswear are thrilled to be the official kit suppliers to the Barracudas and look forward to seeing their shirts in action as the iPro Sport Super Sevens Series kicks off in Bury St Edmunds this weekend.

England Development IPF Sevens team 2017 test jersey to be debuted at Super Sevens Series this weekend

Samurai Sportswear are delighted to reveal their latest OMG ICONIX™ test jersey for the England Development IPF 7s, in association with the RFU Injured Players Foundation. The shirt will be debuted at the iPro Sport Super Sevens Series in Bury St Edmunds on 7th May 2017.

The RFU Injured Players Foundation provides support and information to rugby players in England, from grassroots to professional level, who sustain a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury playing the game. The Foundation also work with players and clubs to help prevent future injuries through research and education.

A vital part of the RFU IPF’s work is the empowerment of individuals, to help them lead their lives as fully and independently as possible. They are there to support the player and their family, friends and clubs immediately after injury and for the rest of their lives.

The Foundation continually funds research to make breakthroughs in understanding how the care of injured players can be improved, whilst making the game of rugby safer, with the ultimate vision of everyone playing the game without the risk of such injuries occurring.

They also offer help to individuals who sustain injuries while playing rugby that are not classed as a catastrophic spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury, by providing information and where possible, by relieving financial hardship.

Samurai Sportswear are delighted to help raise awareness of the RFU Injured Players Foundation (www.rfuipf.org.uk), by designing this striking rugby test jersey for the England Development IPF 7s. The Norfolk based sportswear company look forward to continuing to bring the rugby community and the #SamuraiFamily together, to help the Foundation gain support.

Revealing the Mwamba RFC OMG ICONIX™ match jersey for 2017

Samurai Sportswear is delighted to announce the extension of their partnership with Mwamba Rugby Football Club in Kenya, as their official kit supplier. Having signed a two-year deal with the club, the Norfolk-based custom teamwear company will provide Mwamba RFC with top quality match and off-field kit.

The first team will benefit from wearing Samurai’s one and only OMG ICONIX™ test jersey, in the traditional rich black colour of Mwamba RFC, which will accompany a full range of leisurewear and other match kit all made from Samurai’s exclusive range of PerformeX™ fabrics. The kit will also feature the logos of Mwamba RFC’s main sponsors Stanbic Bank, Modern Coast and Hallmark Kenya.

Samurai Sportswear director Terry Sands said, “We are delighted to support Mwamba Rugby, a top-quality side in Kenya. We are pleased to have them as part of the #SamuraiFamily and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the club and its supporters”.

Mwamba RFC president Alvas Onguru said, “We are delighted to work with Samurai Sportswear once again as they have shown and demonstrated their commitment to producing and supplying quality merchandise. We are also proud to be a part of the #SamuraiFamily, one of the few Kenyan clubs to be part of this global family. We are excited to soon be unveiling a range of replica jerseys, polos and tracksuits for our fans to purchase”.

The first team are expected to debut their kit during the Enterprise Cup matches in May.

Unveiling the New Home and Away 2017 Tribal Match Shirts for Kenya Rugby Union in Association with SportPesa

Samurai Sportswear are delighted to reveal the latest unique designs of their new match shirt for Kenya Rugby Union in association with Sport Pesa, after a partnership lasting almost half a decade.

The in-house design team at Samurai Sportswear has worked over several months in conjunction with a specialist external creative artist to ensure that Kenyan culture, traditions and heritage are fully represented in the Kenya Rugby Union shirts for 2017. The inspiration for both the home and away shirts came from African tribal body painting, along with the colours of the country’s flag, proudly adhering to the roots of the Kenyan people. The colours that are featured on the shirt are all said to have different meanings. Black is to represent the people of the Republic of Kenya, whilst red is for the blood shed during the fight for independence. Green is for the country’s landscape and natural wealth and white is used to symbolise peace and honesty.

A pattern of dots has been placed on the left sleeve of the shirt, along with the traditional Maasai shield, to create an image of the Kenyan flag. The Maasai shield, with the spears, is said to represent the defence of the country’s freedom. The African lion taken from the KRU logo, placed across the body of both shirts, is representative of the courage of the Kenyan people, as well as highlighting the country’s proud association with the animal. The legend behind and the inspiration for these fully sublimated shirts will no doubt encourage any player who wears them, to perform to the best of their abilities.

Samurai have worked with Kenya Rugby Union and other elite teams to engineer innovative match kit that performs in tangent with the athlete. The OMG ICONIX™ test rugby jerseys on-field features including high performance 4DX fabric, integrated performance collar and anti-pinch underarm panelling allow a full range of movement and use Samurai’s exclusive wicking and breathable PerformeX™ fabrics. These jerseys not only look and feel good, they also enable a player to unleash their full potential, which contributes to the team’s success.

By continuing to work with Samurai Sportswear, a company which prides itself on manufacturing industry leading custom teamwear, Kenya Rugby Union have shown that they have every ambition to progress and succeed. Kenya Rugby Union’s core values of integrity, passion, teamwork, discipline and excellence are ethics also held by everyone at Samurai Sportswear, making theirs the perfect partnership.

SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri said he was elated with the strides the teams have been able to achieve this far. “It is a demonstration that when true talent is supported and motivated, the end result is outstanding.” he said.

“The company remains committed to supporting sustainable sports development in the country, and to this end, we will continue to leverage on our relationship with our partners to ensure that local players, local coaches and administrators benefit.” He added.

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Jamaica RFU

Jamaica Heads to Hong Kong Against All Odds

Samurai Sportswear are delighted to announce their design for Jamaica Rugby Football Union’s OMG ICONIX™ test jersey, to be debuted on the world stage at Hong Kong 7s.

The main inspiration for the design of this shirt is the proud, patriotic nature of the Jamaican people. The colours used on the shirt, depicting those on the Jamaican flag are all said to have different meanings. Black portrays the strength and creativity of the people, gold represents the natural wealth and beauty of sunlight and green highlights the hope and agricultural resources of the country. It signifies the birth of the nation and brings to mind memories of past achievements and gives inspiration towards further success. Because of the connotations behind the Jamaican flag, it was the ideal muse for this shirt and those wearing it are certain to be motivated to succeed. These colours will also be highlighted throughout an away shirt and leisurewear range created by Samurai’s in house design team.

Having qualified for the World Sevens for the first time, Jamaica are certain to stand out in their OMG ICONIX™ test jerseys and the shirt’s on-field features are guaranteed to help Jamaica RFU to reach their potential. The jersey is engineered with high performance 4D fabric, integrated performance collar and anti-pinch underarm panelling to allow a full range of movement, whilst Samurai’s exclusive PerformeX™ fabrics make it wicking and breathable.

Jamaica Men’s Sevens Coach Marcel Garvey has said ‘I am extremely happy and excited that Samurai will be the kit suppliers to all sections of Jamaica Rugby Football Union. Having personally known the brand for a long time, it was a no brainer for us to team up with Samurai. Jamaica is a sleeping rugby nation and working with Samurai has given us real hope we will continue to develop. Both the men’s and women’s teams qualified for Hong Kong 7s and we will go there and give it our best shot.’

Samurai Sportswear are thrilled to be working with Jamaica Rugby Football Union, as they hunt for glory on the world stage and look forward to seeing this shirt in action. By working with Samurai Sportswear, an industry leader in the manufacture of custom teamwear which already has associations with a number of national teams, Jamaica RFU have highlighted their ambition to compete with the best.